mercredi 29 octobre 2003, par Portnoff Andre-Yves
a. : What has to be taken into account when engineering the Knowledge Society ?
The society of information, that is to say our society transformed by the Information Technology can support human development and respect our values humanist, if we fill two conditions :
The numeric revolution only accelerates a deeper mutation begun fifty years ago, with Hiroshima : the passage of the industrial revolution to the era of the non tangible assets.
Henceforth the critical resources are no more physical or financial ones, they are intangible. Knowledge alone is not a resource. It becomes efficient when the men assimilate it, transform it in skill and decide to do some thing concrete with it. And the efficiency requires that many people exploit their different and complementary skills together. The development depends therefore on the passions, aspirations, confidence, knowledge, mental models, intelligence, imagination of every man, alone and in interactions systems. It depends on the quality of their exchanges because only exchanges create human and economic value.
Internet is important because he facilitates and amplifies all these exchanges, but the essential is the liberty that can prevent exchange even where exist the numeric networks. The men are the only source of creativeness and the creativeness is destroyed when one destroys the liberty, not only economical liberty, liberty of free citizen, fundamental human rights. If we use the Information Technology to reinforce centric organization and Big Brother, our development will be not sustainable but suicidal ; it will ruin economy and finally destroy the humanity. Here is the choice : " man as end or the end of man !"
b. What concrete actions should be undertaken ?
André-Yves Portnoff is doctor in metallurgic sciences and director of the Observatoire de la Révolution de l’Intelligence at Futuribles International. Journalist and consultant in prospective, he is co-author of La Révolution de l’Intelligence (1983-1985), the first report that introduced the concept of the intangible revolution in France. He developed at Futuribles a tool for the evaluation and strategic guidance of organizations based on intangible assets.